Job Seekers

What You Can Get From Summer Employment

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We are half-way through the summer and you may know what matters in regards to keeping the job you have and how it can help you in future career choices.

Believe it or not, summer jobs can open up our eyes as to what is important to you about the type of job you want to pursue.

If this is the first summer job you’ve had, here a few things you may get out of summer employment that will benefit your future.

  • Look at your job as an opportunity to learn about that particular business from the inside out.

  • Find out if your own interests and passions match that particular job which may lead you to your career of choice.

  • If not, it may give you ideas of what other careers you may want to pursue.

  • Be willing to learn all you can about that position, a can-do attitude goes a long way.

  • Make sure you add the experience you are getting from this job on your resume.

  • What you get out of this job depends on your attitude.

  • Learning to show up on time, follow directions, willingness to learn, and do what it takes to get the job done will help you on your next job opportunity.

  • If you’ve had a positive work experience, ask your supervisor to be a reference for future job opportunities.

Summer is coming to an end, make sure your job experience does not stop here. Keep on learning all you can and research career options that will lead you to your future professional development.

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5 Words You Should Never Use to Describe Yourself in an Interview

Are you nervous about an upcoming job interview?

Hiring managers all have their favorite interview questions, but they are typically some variation of the common ones.

For example, you might be asked, “How would your colleagues describe you?” or “Use three words to describe yourself.”   Either way, your overall approach would likely be the same.  The thing you need to be mindful of is what words you actually use.

Or, to put it in another way, there are words that you should never, ever use.   Here is a must read advice article from TheMuse to find the answer.



Advice on not to waste time on cover letter details

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Searching for a job can be stressful and time consuming. We must manage our time wisely to reach our desired goals. A common mistake job seekers can make is spend too much time on their cover letter. You may be concerned that your cover letter does not have the appropriate areas to make you stand out!  We may waste precious time in overthinking certain details that are not necessary.

The article by The Muse about You’re Overthinking It: 3 Cover Letter Details That Simply Don’t Matter, gives us three areas to avoid:

  1. You’re Too Concerned About How It Looks
  2. You’re Too Concerned About Formality
  3. You’re Too Concerned About Getting in Every Relevant Detail

Shared from a The Muse article by Richard Moy, Content Marketing Writer at Stack Overflow.

You’re Overthinking it: 3 Cover Letter Details That Simply Don’t Matter

The important areas to keep in your cover letter is to show how enthusiastic you are about the opportunity, the value you bring to the company, and make sure it is easy to read.  The easier you make it for the recruiter, the quicker you will get the call for an interview.

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Employability Skills Workshops and Computer Classes

Workshops for employability skills at the career centers are listed on the center calendars. 

Computer classes are currently only scheduled at the Fort Myers center.

Our workshops are available to the community at no charge.  However, all customers must first be registered in our system, Employ Florida, which offers a full range of features and services to assist job seekers and employers.

Are you ready to check out the schedule?

  • Look on the right hand side of this page for Center Calendars to view the workshop and computer class schedules; 
  • Choose the city closest to your residence and click on the city name;
  • Review the available workshops and plan to attend.
  • Be sure to make note of the day, the date and the time. 
  • Computer classes are very popular, therefore, we ask that you sign up for the class by calling our CareerSource Southwest Florida front desk in Fort Myers at 239-931-8200.

Please note: A blank calendar indicates there currently are no workshops scheduled at that location; choose another location.

You can also click on Center Locations from any page to access our event calendars.

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Youth Career Exploration Workshop~Video

~A Career Exploration Workshop for High School Students~


The youth participated in a 3-day workshop which consisted of: resume and cover letter writing, creating their own resume, and lastly doing mock interviews with SHRM SWFL.

Our own, Deb Reardon, Disability Navigator, explained to the youth about the importance of soft skills, work experience programs, and assistance in getting references for interviews.

Students created and read out loud their resumes which helped in building confidence and be able to talk about their accomplishments and career dreams.

Seen in this video is Career Development Representative (CDR), Africa Newby; Christy Sushil and Judy Marcucci from SHRM SWFL, Jennifer Nieves from Lighthouse SWFL, in a true collaboration aimed at improving the employability skills of program participants.

We are grateful for our partners, Lighthouse of SWFL and SHRM SWFL for participating and making this workshop a success.

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